Friday Notebook, September 20: Horizon 7.10; Cameyo; Ping IPO

Also: iOS 13; Android 10; ID proofing; Microsoft Flows; Citrix CVAD updates; Exodus for MDM migration; and more!

This is our weekly log of desktop virtualization, enterprise mobility, and end user computing news.

Our blog posts

Jack: Android 10 is out. How is Android Enterprise doing? This is your reminder to remember that Android and iOS OS updates mean very different things. Now, help us learn more about the state of Android Enterprise!

Jack via TechTarget’s Everything EUC series: DaaS may encourage organizations to adopt Macs and Chromebooks. New options for delivering remote Windows apps in the cloud, combined with the maturity of SaaS apps, Chromebooks and Mac management, means organizations can offer users more choices.

Kyle: A look at ID proofing: bootstrapping a digital ID using a mobile device and physical ID. For the moment, it’s more for B2C than for employees, but it’s poised to keep spreading.

Kyle: What is Microsoft Flows: A quick look at Microsoft’s workflow app. Organizations have so many IFTTT tools to use, Microsoft Flows is another one.

Jack: iOS 13 is out – Here’s what the enterprise needs to know. What does Apple need to do put the final polish on User Enrollment? Where will it be useful? What do the new iPhones mean? All this, and other notes.

Industry news

It’s iOS 13 week, but we have to wait for iOS 13.1 to get a range of additional features, including User Enrollment. Apple initially said this was coming on September 30, but now the iOS 13 preview page indicates the date for User Enrollment and some other features will be Tuesday, September 24. The Verge confirmed with Apple that this is when iOS 13.1 and iPad OS are coming out.

Speaking of User Enrollment, who’s supporting it? Here’s a running list of announcements I’ve seen. Keep in mind that some of these are just initial implementations, and there are a lot of details to be worked out, especially around how to instruct users to enroll. 

  • VMware has initial support.
  • In a webinar on Wednesday, Citrix said they’re planning to support it.
  • Here’s MobileIron’s blog post. I have a call with them next week to learn more about their plans and timelines.
  • Microsoft is readying for support.
  • Jamf announced support. In some ways, this is a bigger deal for them, since they never offered an app-level, MAM-only (i.e., without any MDM enrollment) option for BYOD. Of course, you can provide a pretty good BYOD experience with traditional MDM depending on how you use it (here's their approach), but User Enrollment will bring some additional features and fundamental protections. The same applies to many other vendors that just focused on supporting the Apple APIs.

VMware released Horizon 7.10, along with updates for the Horizon Client, App Volumes, and Dynamic Environment Manager. It’s a big release, including beta support for Teams optimizations and Zoom, enhancements to media redirection, automatic codec switching, and much more. For more, check out blog posts from Thomas Poppelgaard and Andy Morgan, as well as our article about the overall Horizon roadmap.

Here’s what’s new for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops for September. They’re planning a new LTSR soon; Performance Analytics is in tech preview; Okta integration is in tech preview; updates to session recording; and much more. There’s an overview webinar next Wednesday if you want to learn more.

Cameyo on Wednesday announced a new offering to block attacks on RDP, along with a free RDP monitoring tool. These both sound pretty useful, so we’ll have one of our contributors take a closer look.

Ping Identity went public on Thursday, and closed the day up 34% for a $188 million IPO.

Other reads, news, and notes

Citrix is starting to ramp up the messaging about Converge, a “‘low-code’ developers conference, focused on the Future of Work,” running October 2 and 3 in Santa Clara. The event is closed to the media, but if you’re going and would like to share or write about your experience, drop us a line.

If you want a very deep dive into iOS 13/13.1, including a lot on Workflow and automation, check out this 30-page article from Federico Viticci at MacStories.

Mary Jo Foley: “Microsoft plans to re architect Azure Stack by making it container-based.” We sure haven’t heard much about Azure Stack this year, which is interesting considering how extending cloud back to on-prem has been such a big topic.

Mozilla announced a paid enterprise management plan for Firefox. Via

Via the Mobile Pros Slack group, I just learned about Exodus, an MDM migration tool made by Mobinergy. They just announced support for Intune as a source MDM. Migrating MDMs isn’t easy, so this sounds like a cool and useful tool. I just reached out for a briefing to learn more, so stay tuned!

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